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Explore. Discover. Engage. Summer 2010

Welcome! Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs provide a dynamic summer educational experience, full of fun and adventure. Girls come to Stoneleigh-Burnham from near and far to explore, discover and engage while spending their summer at one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in the country. Programs make use of our outstanding facilities and are directed by Stoneleigh-Burnham faculty. Students live in the dormitories, eat in the dining hall and spend their days on our beautiful 100-acre campus. Since 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been preparing girls for college and beyond, both in and out of the classroom. Our mission is “to inspire girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect, and intellectual curiosity.” Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs uphold this same mission in a fun summer setting. Thank you for considering Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs. We hope to see you on our campus this summer!

2010 Residential Summer Programs Bonnie Castle Riding Camp Session 1: June 27-July 10 Session 2: July 11-July 24 Session 3: July 25-August 7 Intensive Riding Camp June 22-June 26 A Voice of Her Own: A Public Speaking and Debate Experience July 12-July 16 The Paul Bassett Softball Academy July 25-July 29 The Sorvino Dance Intensive Session 1: July 4-July 10 Session 2: July 11-July 17


Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs take place on the Stoneleigh-Burnham School campus in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Stoneleigh-Burnham School is located just three hours from New York City, two hours from Boston, and within an hour of some of the United States’ most prestigious colleges and universities including Mount Holyoke College, Williams College, Smith College, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.



Girls stay on residence hallways located in the main building. Residential counselors live on the hallways with the girls. Rooms are designed for double occupancy and roommates are assigned by age.


Students eat meals in the Dining Hall, located on the first floor of the main building. Dining Services prepares three well balanced meals each day. Meal options include an entree, salads, deli bar, pasta bar and more.

In addition to the specific program venues, the facilities include an outdoor tennis complex, athletic fields, fitness center, outdoor pool, computer lab, dining hall and gymnasium for supervised activities.

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs Residential and day summer programs for girls ages 9-17. For information about our day programs visit

Bonnie Castle Riding Camp Session 1: June 27 – July 10 Session 2: July 11 – July 24 Session 3: July 25 – August 7 Girls Age 9 – 16 Bonnie Castle Riding Camp (BCRC) is named after Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s most famous and beloved horse, Bonnie Castle, Grand Hunter Champion in 1978 at the Grand National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. BCRC is one of the premier riding camps in the country. BCRC features instruction at all levels in Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Dressage, Combined Training and Equine Studies. BCRC

welcomes girls at beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Girls should be capable of trotting independently in a group lesson and grooming and tacking up on their own. At the beginning of every session, each camper’s ability is evaluated to determine her instructional needs and to help place her in an appropriate group. Bonnie Castle campers have two daily mounted lessons and have semi-private lessons each week

with one of the camp’s experienced and dedicated instructors. Girls develop and improve their riding skills through instruction, practice and competition. At the end of each session, all campers participate in a horse show. In addition to the daily mounted lessons, two additional electives are offered: Equine Studies and Activity (arts, drama, games or sports). Academic tutoring is also available in English and mathematics. Each girl’s daily schedule is supervised by the residential staff. Girls are busy but find time to read, swim and make new friends. A creative and cooperative atmosphere is stressed in every aspect of camp life. The program is supervised by Stoneleigh-Burnham Director of Riding Mina Payne Williams. Participants ride and train with the professional staff of the StoneleighBurnham Equestrian Center. Equestrian Facilities The Stoneleigh-Burnham Equestrian Center is one of the best known equestrian facilities in the Northeast. Stabling for 60 horses is available in two separate barns. The indoor riding arena features a 100x200 indoor competition arena with viewing lounge and an adjacent 70x120 indoor warm-up arena. Facilities also include two sand rings, a derby field with permanent European-style derby jumps, a crosscountry course for beginner novice through preliminary levels and an extensive bridle path encircling the picturesque campus.

Intensive Riding Camp June 22 – June 26 Girls Age 14 – 18 Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Intensive Riding Camp (IRC) introduces girls to effective riding strategies within the constructs of Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition. Stoneleigh-Burnham boasts four IEA National Championships and a host of alumnae who have gone on to compete in collegiate equestrian programs. The IRC offers the unique opportunity to ride multiple horses in daily lessons. School horses range from beginning walk-trot-

canter horses to horses that are competitive in the Jumpers and Junior Equitation Medals. Instruction and lessons are focused on Hunt Seat Equitation. IRC participants have a busy schedule including lessons, classroom education, handson learning in the stables and some off-campus free time. The program includes discussion about nutrition, fitness, horse care, stable management and equipment. Lessons are run in a group format and offer the opportunity for girls to change mounts several times.

The dress code for riding lessons consists of field boots, breeches and a polo or plain colored fitted t-shirt. The program is supervised by Stoneleigh-Burnham Director of Riding Mina Payne Williams. Participants ride and train with the professional staff of the StoneleighBurnham Equestrian Center. Application Process IRC is a small group of 6-8 girls who are selected through an application process based on ability. Applicants should be capable of jumping at least 2’3� on unfamiliar horses, comfortable riding without stirrups and familiar with coursework in both indoor and outdoor rings.

Applicants are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire, submit a letter of recommendation from their current trainer/coach and provide a photo or video. Admission to the Intensive Riding Camp is competitive. The deadline for application materials is May 1, 2010. Acceptances will be announced on or around May 15, 2010. To request an application please contact Summer Programs Director Matthew Fisher at or call 413-774-2711 ext. 256.

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A Voice of Her Own:

A Public Speaking and Debate Experience July 12 – July 16 Girls Age 11 – 17 A Voice of Her Own is a unique program that teaches girls to articulate ideas with force and clarity, while improving their oratorical, research and critical thinking skills. A Voice of Her Own faculty teach lifetime skills in public speaking and debate, and girls learn the skills needed to succeed in interscholastic debate and public speaking tournaments. Mornings are spent preparing speeches or debate briefs and

afternoons are devoted to polishing the delivery of material presented to the group each evening. Participants choose their style of presentation; some debate, some speak persuasively, and others interpret dramatic readings. The session culminates in a formal presentation during which each participant presents her best work from the week; parents are encouraged to attend.

Instruction Offered in: • • • • • • • •

Lincoln-Douglas Debating Cross-examination Debating Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debating Interpretive Reading Dramatic Interpretation Impromptu Speaking After-Dinner Speaking Persuasive Speaking

Stoneleigh-Burnham School has a long and illustrious history in debate and public speaking. It is recognized as one of the strongest programs in New England, competing locally, nationally and internationally. In spring 2010, Stoneleigh-Burnham will compete as part of the American Team at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships. A Voice of Her Own is directed by Dr. Paul C. Bassett, coach and founder of StoneleighBurnham’s Debate and Public Speaking Society. Dr. Bassett has served as President of the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools (DANEIS) and coached the American Team at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships.

* Deposits are non-refundable.

The Sorvino Dance Intensive Session 1: July 4 – 10 Session 2: July 11 – 17 Girls Age 11 – 17 Founded in 1997, The Sorvino Dance Intensive provides an intimate setting for intermediate to advanced dancers to train with professional instructors. Dancers take two technique classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, two repertoire sessions and Pilates daily. The Intensive features a full day of dance with breaks for meals and an afternoon swim. In the evenings, dancers enjoy activities either as a group or with other StoneleighBurnham Summer Programs. The Intensive takes full advantage of western New England’s rich dance offerings and artists. Dancers attend the International

Dance Festival at Jacob’s Pillow in Lee, MA for workshop classes, a presentation on the Inside/ Out stage and a performance on the main stage. Dancers also participate in a culminating performance at the end of the session that parents are encouraged to attend. The Sorvino Dance Intensive is directed by Ann Sorvino, Julliard graduate and Chair of the Performing Arts at StoneleighBurnham School. Ann is a former member of the Merce Cunningham Company and is the founder of The Sorvino Project, performing throughout New England, New York City and in Greece. She has trained with several highly respected

instructors, including Oliver Steel (contemporary), Patti Wilcox (jazz), Katiti King (Simonson technique), Geraldine Cardiel (Limon technique), Teri Steel (Pilates), Alexandra Beller (composition), Lisa Lockwood and Jason Melm (ballet). In 2007, Ann collaborated with her son Vic Sorvino and composer Greg Snedeker on the dance film entitled Flowing Through.

The Intensive is staffed by outstanding professionals and guest artists including: Curt Jacobs (Los Angeles professional jazz dancer and instructor); Johnna Birri (tap, contemporary and repertory and member of The Sorvino Project); Amy Diaz del Rio (hip hop); and Carrie Towle (ballet).

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The Paul Bassett Softball Academy July 25 – July 29 Girls Age 12 – 16 At The Paul Bassett Softball Academy girls improve their skills as hitters, fielders and pitchers over an intensive five-day program. With a player to coach ratio of 6:1, instruction stresses fundamentals and techniques that strengthen and build skills. Experienced coaches instruct in all aspects of the game during three daily sessions. Hitting, bunting, fielding and base running skills are addressed as well as the psychological elements of the game. Pitchers may enroll in the “windmill” pitching program at no extra cost. Girls play a competitive schedule of night games throughout the week.

The Academy closes on Thursday evening with a family barbecue followed by a final round of games. Facilities include two complete softball diamonds, weight room, swimming pool and tennis courts. The Paul Bassett Softball Academy is directed by Paul Bassett, Stoneleigh-Burnham varsity softball coach from 1983 to 2007. The Academy is staffed by coaches with specialties in the various aspects of the sport. All Academy coaches have participated in high school or collegiate championship seasons.

Athletic Facilities • • • • •

two softball diamonds weight room gymnasium swimming pool tennis courts

Pitching Specialists Taffy Bassett Fox SBS ’88 • 1992 All-New 8 Team, Wheaton College • 1991 New 8 League Player of the Year • Varsity Captain, Wheaton College • 1988 All Western New England Pitcher • Western New England Champions - StoneleighBurnham School (14-0) Kelly Tompkins Markol SBS ’85 • Head Coach Brattleboro High School • Three-time Vermont Coach of the Year • 4 years varsity softball, Springfield College • 1.94 ERA in 238 innings • 9 shutouts, 2 no-hitters (all New England) • Postgraduate (1985), Stoneleigh-Burnham School (13-0) • All Western Massachusetts Pitcher, Turners Falls High School

2010 SBS Summer Programs Registration Form Please return this registration form along with your deposit to: SBS Summer Programs, 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA 01301 I want to register for the following programs (please check your selection(s)): q Bonnie Castle Riding Camp Session 1 (6/27–7/10) $2,500 q Bonnie Castle Riding Camp Session 2 (7/11–7/24) $2,500 q Bonnie Castle Riding Camp Session 3 (7/25–8/7) $2,500 q Intensive Riding Camp (6/22-6/26) $1,100 q A Voice of Her Own: Public Speaking and Debate (7/12-7/16) $425 q The Paul Bassett Softball Academy (7/25–7/29) $450 q The Paul Bassett Softball Academy Day Option (7/25–7/29) $350 q The Sorvino Dance Intensive Session 1 (7/4–7/10) $575 q The Sorvino Dance Intensive Session 2 (7/11–7/17) $575 Name of Participant___________________________________________________________________ Last First Birth Date_________________ Age (As of June 1, 2010)______ Grade (As of Sept. 2010)______ Current School _______________________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian _____________________________________________________________________ Last First Address ______________________________ City/State/Zip ________________________________ Home Phone _______________________________ Email____________________________________ T-Shirt Size (circle) Youth Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, Adult X-Large BCRC ONLY Are you interested in boarding your horse? q Yes q No The cost for boarding a horse is $500 per session. Information regarding horse boarding will be sent with your registration packet. A $200 non-refundable deposit is due with registration form for Dance, Softball and Debate and a $500 non-refundable deposit is due for each session of Bonnie Castle Riding Camp. Balance is due by June 1, 2010. There is no deposit due with registration for the Intensive Riding Camp. (A 10% discount is available for attending multiple sessions or programs. Discount not taken off first session.) Method of Payment: Check (Make checks payable to Stoneleigh-Burnham School) Credit Card q Mastercard q Visa Name on Card______________________________________________ Zip Code________________ Card Number__________________________________________ Expiration Date _______________ Amount Enclosed _________________ (includes deposit amount for each session/program) __ I would like more information about Stoneleigh-Burnham School. How did you hear about Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs? q Internet - Website, q Friend, q Advertisement, q Past Participant, q Camp Fair - Location________________, q Other_______________________________ Parent/Guardian Agreement: I understand that the deposit is non-refundable and Stoneleigh-Burnham School does not offer refunds of tuition for any reason after March 31, 2010, as program space is limited. Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________________________________________________ Please note that all health forms must be received by June 15, 2010. Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs complies with all camp regulations and statutes in accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Health.

Frequently Asked Questions •

What if my daughter has food allergies? Allergies are communicated to Dining Services and the residential staff. Dining Services clearly labels any foods that contain allergy producing ingredients. Please contact the Summer Programs Office with any dietary restrictions before the start of your session.

How is medical coverage provided? The Director of Summer Programs works with Stoneleigh-Burnham Health Services to handle non-emergency medical issues on site. A pediatrician is on call for all other medical issues. Two AEDs are kept on site.

Can my daughter bring her cell phone? Cell phones are allowed at Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs. However, each program has its own cell phone policy as to when and where they may be used. Information on cell phone use will accompany your registration packet.

How much spending money should my daughter bring? This is dependent on which program she is attending. We have snack and beverage machines on campus, and the school store is open weekdays. Some programs take field trips that may require an admission fee. Please contact the program director for more information.

Can my daughter request a roommate? We will do our best to fulfill all roommate requests. In order for us to assist with this process, we need to have both potential roommates request each other. There may be outside circumstances such as age divisions that may take precedence over a roommate request.

Is there a discount for multiple programs attended? Yes, the first program is full price, and you receive a 10% discount on each additional program.

What is your cancellation policy? Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs reserves the right to cancel a program. In the event of a cancellation, all payments will be refunded. Please contact the Summer Programs Office before making travel plans.

What is your refund policy? In the event that a family needs to cancel enrollment in a summer program, we will refund all money paid, less the non-refundable deposit, if we are notifiied of cancellation at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. If the notice of cancellation is less than two weeks before the program start date, a refund, less the non-refundable deposit will be issued only if we can fill the spot.

Can I register for Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Programs online? Yes. You can register online for any of Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Summer Programs at

574 Bernardston Road Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301-1100


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